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Friday again already?

I’m surprised – truly! Over the past two weeks I’ve been asked not just once – but FIVE times – on my column from a few years ago:

Why has this interesting column stopped?
It’s a real shame that there’s so little time to reflect!
You’re so stressed?

These were the main questions/arguments that were posted. So: Challenge accepted! How did my default introduction go again...? Ah yes, something like this:

Lately, I’ve regularly found myself asking the same question by midday every Friday: “It’s midday Friday – how could this week have rushed past me yet again?”
Yes, I really do ask myself this question just like that – and never like the often-said
TGIF (thank god it’s Friday), because I like to work. My motto is “FAA” – “Friday again already” ;-)

So I’m taking some time again – at long last – to review some of the topics that have caught my attention these past few weeks. Maybe I’ll even manage to throttle back a bit... Or as consultants say: “Decelerate”.

Mac & i

I was really thrilled that Mac & i [link in German], published by Heise Verlag, published a report about Merlin Project. This time they focused on new version 4 features. There’s probably some general rule out there that says bugs have to be found when testing software. The same applies to product demonstrations – just like I wrote a while ago on Twitter [link in German]:

"Presentation rules say that the probability of a software crash is directly proportional to the number of people watching the presentation!"

There’s only one thing I don’t really understand, and I’ll use a winking smiley for that, but how did they come up with the idea of using the Beta version logo for Merlin Project 3.0 for a report about version 4.0.x?

Sierra doesn’t hurt at all

I was astounded to learn just how many users updated to Apple’s new macOS on the very first day – a name I find much nicer than the awkward-sounding OS X. This of course also gave rise to some confusion about Merlin 2.

The main question to my article – Merlin 2 is not compatible with macOS 10.12 Sierra – was why did we “pre-program” an error message? I discussed this issue with a few really interested Merlin 2 users, so I want to touch on it again here. The notification that Merlin 2 doesn’t work with macOS Sierra (10.12) is merely a protective function. Our test showed that there is a risk of data loss, so we had to pour loads of effort into ensuring that Merlin 2 also offered the same reliability you’re all accustomed to. That said, Merlin 2 has had a worthy successor since January 2015, which works perfectly with all Mac OS versions from version 10.10: Merlin Project. And since Merlin 2 was launced way back in 2006 under OS X 10.4 “Tiger”, the underlying software code has now become deprecated. Merlin Project on the other hand is brand new and has been completely redesigned from the ground up – which also explains the long gap since Merlin 2.9 was released back in July 2012.

Recently in Munich

The Merlin Project Event [link in German] at Brainworks-Training in Munich was a complete success. All 20 spaces were booked, with everyone getting the full low-down on Merlin Project over the course of a three-hour late-afternoon session. As expected, we had all sorts of questions, which we answered in detail. Looking back, the event showed once again just what good hosts Josef Neumaier and his team are!

Now I must get back to work. Bye for now...

Posted by Frank Blome on October 14th, 2016 under Internal
Tags: friday

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